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Weekly Standard: A Lying Planned Parenthood

Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal speaks at Planned Parenthood Action Fund's Playing Politics With Women's Health: The 2012 Election And Why It Matters on Jan. 27, 2012 in New York City. The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation has recently cut funding to Planned Parenthood. Mike Coppola/Getty Images hide caption

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Actress Maggie Gyllenhaal speaks at Planned Parenthood Action Fund's Playing Politics With Women's Health: The 2012 Election And Why It Matters on Jan. 27, 2012 in New York City. The Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation has recently cut funding to Planned Parenthood.

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John McCormack is a staff writer for The Weekly Standard.

Last spring, Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards went on CNN and claimed that if Congress cut off funding to Planned Parenthood "millions of women are going to lose access, not to abortion services, to basic family planning, you know, mammograms." But as pro-life activist Lila Rose documented in a video, Planned Parenthood does not provide mammograms.

This story is worth recalling in light of the news this week that the Susan G. Komen foundation, one of the nation's largest breast cancer charities, has cut off funding (more than $600,000) to Planned Parenthood. Cecile Richards wrote that the foundation's decision to "end its support of lifesaving breast cancer screening at Planned Parenthood health centers comes as a blow to women across America."

But as Nancy Brinker, founder and CEO of Komen foundation, says in a video, Komen came out with a new set of standards this year designed to free up dollars for "higher impact programs."

"Wherever possible, we want to grant to the provider that is actually providing the lifesaving mammogram," she said.

Now obviously Planned Parenthood's role as America's largest abortion practitioner seems to be a significant factor in Komen's decision. Many Americans who would like to fund breast cancer research without lining the pockets of abortionists have pushed Komen to end its Planned Parenthood grants in recent years.

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But why does Planned Parenthood feel entitled to a private charity's donations, especially considering the fact that Planned Parenthood's president falsely claims on national television that the group provides mammograms? Isn't Komen free to give its money to organizations that do more than provide mammogram "referrals" and breast cancer screenings?

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